This is my attempt at a motorhome site hopefully to give mainly pictorial experiences some links and a few blogs to others.I have had six motorhomes in 15 years an Elddis Autostratus bought in 2006 and a C.I. Carioca 15 an upgrade 12 months later both low profiles one fixed bed and the other the Elddis an end lounge.
Then after 2 years with th C.I.Carioca and 2 trips to France i bought a Hymer from Brownhills Newark in Feb 2008 on pure chance as i had been to look at an A Class at a dealer in the Cambridge area and found them closed so on the way back up the A1 found myself at Brownhills. I liked the set up in the 544k with its end kitchen and bench seat it seemed so roomy for a small van. It's a long story how i came to buy but originally i only asked for a quote on the price they would give me on the C.I. against the Hymer but ended up buying on the day thinking this would be ideal for trips to Europe.
My first main outing apart from a couple of local trips to Buxton and Bakewell was a meet with fellow forum members at Caernarfon in North Wales at Easter 2008 . On the sunday i decided to try a tour of Anglesey as i had only been to Beaumaris so had not toured the island, so i set off on my own to explore the small bays on the coast.There were plenty of places to camp in Anglsey but have been recently and found more signs displaying no overnight parking which is a shame and its happened all along the north wales coast due to the hoards parking up for weeks on end.
Then in Feb 2009 again after only 12 months i decided due to some personal reasons to downsize to a van conversion and i traded for a Trigano Tribute hoping i had found the ideal van. A 3 year warranty from Spinney motorhomes meant i could be keeping this a lot longer than any of the others (coming up to 5 years and even though i keep looking i havn't found a better van ) although i do fancy an A class on the lines of the Hymer B544 with rear kitchen.
Have recently had my interior rejuvenated on the Tribby and had new loose fitting seat covers fitted and am delighted with the job and the impeccable service provided by the suppliers Motorhomeseatcovers.I have also upgraded the batteries to 2x110amp and fitted a couple of solar panels and a respray .
August 2014 and it is van number 5. Well after almost 6 years with the Tribute and 70,000 added miles on the clock i have opted for a change and as i have fully retired and intend to travel more i have now found the ideal van (hopefully). A 2007 A Class Hymer B504CL.
July 2016 Never an ideal van and have gone back to a coachbuilt an AutotrailTribute T615 Sport (better layout , ideal for the afternoon nap and no climbing steps into bed at night) "Definitely the last one" .
Now since retirement it is a month at a time in Europe. Parking in the U.K. is now a problem due to more and more councils banning overnight parking so i tend to use Haven sites offseason,a small motorhome forum (Motorhomers) meets and C&C holiday sites. I personally think that some motorhome/camper and Facebook sites publishing places to so called "wildcamp" for free and the amount of irresponsible campers/motorhomers are killing the experience.